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The development of pelvic surgery is of such recent period that it has been necessary to revise and alter year by year and month by month many of its principles, and to constantly modify and improve its practical methods. A few years back there was but one operation practically known to pelvic surgery, viz.: ovariotomy. In a brief period it has grown and culminated in a brilliant and important branch of the healing art. This has been accomplished by the earnest and devoted labors of a few men, who have extended its scope, perfected its methods, and placed it upon the firm basis of scientific accuracy and practical demonstration. That this great work has been accomplished by a few persistent laborers is well known; that from the very nature of things it must remain a distinct specialty is incontrovertible.
It is doubtful if any special branch of surgical practice was
McMURTRY LS. THE INFLUENCE OF DELAYED AND INCOMPLETE OPERATIONS UPON RESULTS IN PELVIC SURGERY. Read in the Section of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women, at the Forty-third Annual meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Detroit, June, 1892. JAMA. 1892;XIX(3):63–65. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420030005001c
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